Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket: Group to file lawsuit Wednesday against wind farm

A group of “concerned citizens” say they plan to file a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed at stopping the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind project and others slated to follow.

Nantucket Residents Against Turbines is attempting to first stop Vineyard Wind, which plans to build at least 62 wind turbines 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

“The construction of these turbines is set to take place in a nexus of activity of the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered baleen whale with a population of fewer than 400 specimens remaining in the world,” the group said in a statement Tuesday.

The group said it’s concerned with the impacts the increased construction vessel traffic, pile driving and operational noise will have on the whales.

The plaintiffs will hold a press conference about the lawsuit at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday outside the State House. The press conference will be available on Facebook after the event.

Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Vineyard Wind, declined to comment.

The 62 Vineyard Wind wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power approximately 400,000 homes by the time the project is completed in 2023, CEO Lars Pedersen said in May. He also said it will create about 3,600 jobs – half of them permanent, the other half construction jobs.

But some fear the project and others like it that are still in the planning stage, such as Mayflower Wind, 20 miles south of Nantucket, also could irreparably harm Massachusetts fishing and lobstering industries where the turbines will be put.

The Biden administration nevertheless issued final permits for Vineyard Wind in May as part of an aggressive offshore wind and renewable energy agenda.

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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 25, 2021 at 12:17pm

Garbage Elites looting America

America is currently suffering its own humiliating Afghanistan defeat and messy withdrawal. The whole-of-government approach to failure in a 20-year, $2 trillion fraud and money-laundering scheme has resulted in an epiphany for Americans: their country is ruled by crooks, liars, and thieves.

If there was any doubt about the illegitimacy of this police state, one only need look at the FBI’s latest fabricated terror plots or the Department of Homeland Security’s alarmingly evidence-free security warnings that we, the people are the main enemy of America. Expect to see DHS warnings that Americans who are unhappy with the United States’ wholesale surrender and foreign policy incompetence are potential terrorists. America is now a clown show where everyone who doesn’t clap is labeled a terrorist.

Like with the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, our defeat there has exposed the nation’s failed leadership busy looting and wrecking what is left of our country. We can now see that we are led by the worst of humanity—a collection of garbage elites, tyrants, and political grifters. Like the Soviets before us, there are two only two classes in modern America: the ruling class, and everyone else.

More at weblink: https://thefederalist.com/2021/08/24/americas-failure-in-afghanista...

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 25, 2021 at 11:27am

Bannon Calls On Trump To Assemble ‘Shadow Government’ to Keep Biden ‘From Destroying the Country’

https://conservativebrief.com/assemble-49165/

Vaccine mandates may herald the end of the republic
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/08/vaccine_mandates_may_h...

SUICIDE: How Vaccine Passports Will Cause the Economic Collapse of America

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/08/wayne-root-suicide-vaccine...

None Dare Call It Conspiracy

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/08/none_dare_call_it_...

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on August 25, 2021 at 11:17am

Tucker Carlson Warns “Elitist Authoritarians” Are Intent On Making Us All “Shut Up And Obey”

Watch the short video at the following weblink:

https://www.infowars.com/posts/video-tucker-carlson-warns-elitist-a...

Fox News host Tucker Carlson issued a stark warning Tuesday, emphasising that “we’re seeing now what happens when countries tolerate authoritarians, even for a moment” as people worldwide are being told to submit to increasingly draconian “rules” in the wake of the pandemic.

Carlson noted “Has there ever been a clearer window into the society they’re trying to build? Our formerly middle-class nation now has a serf class. They’re the ones wearing the masks, being forced to take drugs they don’t want, being told not to communicate with one another, except through digital channels the Democratic Party controls.”

He continued, “We now have two groups of Americans, not a broad middle. The favored and the unfavored. The saved and the damned. The vaccinated and the unvaccinated. That’s how the architects of all this see the country.”

Carlson also pointed to former NSA head Michael Hayden’s assertion that Trump supporters should be sent to Afghanistan to die.

“That’s how contemptuous they feel about you,” Carlson noted, adding “Shut up and fetch another glass of Riesling.

Comment by Willem Post on August 25, 2021 at 11:08am

WIND AND SOLAR PROVIDE 50 PERCENT OF FUTURE NEW ENGLAND ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/wind-and-solar-provide...

 

RE folks often advocate wind and solar provide at least 50% of the load of the NE grid.

This article provides an easy-to-understand analysis of what would be required for battery storage systems during wind/solar lulls

 

ISO-NE, the NE grid operator, provides minute-by minute electricity production from gas, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, biomass, etc.

This data can be downloaded. Graphs can be prepared for each year.

 

The graphs show periods when the sum of wind/solar production is only about 15% of what would be the average production for that time of year. Such lull periods occur at random throughout the year and may last up to 5 to 7 days. A second, usually shorter lull, may follow a few days later

 

The annual average load on the NE grid from:

 

All sources is about 115 billion kWh, or 0.315 billion kWh/d, or 1.890 billion kWh for 6-days

Wind/solar, at a future date, would be 50% x 1.890 = 0.945 billion kWh for 6 days

Wind/solar, during a 6-day lull, would be 15% x 0.945 = 0.142 billion kWh for 6 days

Wind/solar shortfall would be 0.945 - 0.142 = 0.803 billion kWh for 6 days

 

The battery capacity to provide the shortfall would be at least 0.803/0.8 x 1.01 = 1.014 billion kWh, delivered as high voltage AC to the NE grid.

 

The turnkey capital cost would be about $500 billion, at $500/kWh for site-specific, custom-designed, utility-grade battery systems.

The systems would need to be, all or partially, replaced every 15 years. Such systems are not comparable to mass-produced battery packs for electric vehicles.

 

The battery systems would be empty after the 6-day lull.

If a second lull would occur a few days later, existing sources would not have been able to fill the battery in those few days, i.e., a second battery, of similar capacity, would be needed.

 

Battery-system aging, under 24/7/365 utility service, is at least 1.5 %/y

Their capacity reduction would be at least 10%, at the 7-y mid-life, and at least 19%, at the 14-y near-end-life.

 

APPENDIX 1

 

Turnkey Capital Costs of Grid-Scale Battery Systems

 

The US average turnkey capital cost of site-specific, custom-designed, grid-scale battery systems is at least $600/kWh, delivered as AC.

The NE average turnkey capital cost for such systems is about $750/kWh AC

 

Such high $/kWh costs are likely to prevail for at least 10 more years, unless major technical breakthroughs are discovered, and subsequently implemented on a large scale. See URL

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/economics-of-utility-s... 

 

NOTE: Site-specific, custom-designed, grid-scale battery systems, that operate 24/7/365, have a much higher turnkey cost per kWh (about $600 per kWh, at present), than mass-produced battery packs for installation in EVs, that operate a few hours per day (about $125 - $175 per kWh, at present). The two are not comparable.

  

NOTE: The EIA graph, based on surveys of battery system users, shows slowly decreasing costs after 2018

The range of values likely would become $900 to $450 per kWh in 2025.

The values would be near the high end of the range in New England. See graph in URL

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=45596

 

Table 6/Battery system turnkey cost

Range

Average

Year

 $/kWh as AC

 $/kWh as AC

2015

 2500 to 1750

 2152

2016

 2800 to 750

 1250

2017

 1500 to 700

 800

2018

 1250 to 500

 625

2025

 900 to 450

 500

 

 

APPENDIX 2

 

Energy Losses of Large-Scale Battery Systems

 

1) This article identifies 18 losses of a battery system, including thermal management, monitoring and control, totaling about 20% for a round-trip, excluding transformer losses. See note

Open URL and click on “View Open Manuscript”

See figures 3, 4 and 17 of article.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306261917315696

 

2) Per EIA survey, grid-scale battery efficiency is about 80%, AC to AC basis, excluding transformer losses. Aging had only a minor effect, because the battery systems were only a few years old. See note.

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=46756

 

NOTE: Usually, AC electricity from a distribution grid has to pass through a step-down transformer, about a 1% loss, to reduce the voltage to that of the battery, then the AC is converted to DC, then inside the battery. The DC energy from the battery has to be digitized, then made into a sine wave with the same phase and 60-cycle frequency as the grid, then via a step-up transformer, about a 1% loss, to the distribution grid, for an overall efficiency of about 78%, much less with aging. See URL

https://www.explainthatstuff.com/how-inverters-work.html

 

NOTE: This article has detailed analyses of battery systems

HIGH COSTS OF WIND, SOLAR, AND BATTERY SYSTEMS IN NEW ENGLAND

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/high-costs-of-wind-sol...

 

APPENDIX 3

 

Energy Losses of EVs  

 

Electric vehicle charging has losses of about 16% in summer, about 18% in winter, from AC wall outlet, then the AC is converted to DC, then inside the battery. There are additional losses for on-board auxiliary systems during charging.

During operation, there are losses from the battery to the wheels, and on-going losses for on-board operating auxiliary systems, such as: 1) battery and cabin cooling/heating; 2) heated seats, mirrors, windows, and 3) music, instrumentation, etc.

Auxiliary losses greatly increase during hot and cold weather.

 

NOTE: This article has four real-world examples of EV charging losses. See part 3 of article

POOR ECONOMICS AND MINIMAL CO2 REDUCTION OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN NEW ENGLAND

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/poor-economics-of-elec...

 

 

 

Comment by Kenneth Capron on August 25, 2021 at 10:57am

Good luck - big bucks on Wind's side.
I don't see why these wind farms are even an option in the specific realm of endangered species.
I have come to believe that the Right Whale issue was created by the Wind profiteers just to get fishermen out of the way. But they need to be equally as accountable.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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